University of South Florida

USF Health MCOM, PT, and Pharmacy make big gains in USN&WR rankings

Graduate programs at USF Health had significant gains in this year’s rankings from U.S. News & World Report (U.S. News), most notably the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine moved into the top 50 for the first time.

In the U.S. News 2021 Best Graduate Schools list released March 17, the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Taneja College of Pharmacy, and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences all moved up in rank. These improvements all highlight advances USF Health has experienced on the national stage, especially over the past five years.

  • #47 in Medical Schools for Research: The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine broke into the top 50 for U.S. medical schools for research, moving up a seismic five spots from last year, from #52 to #47.
  • #49 in Physical Therapy: The School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences shifted a remarkable 30 spots, going from #79 to #49.
  • #68 in Pharmacy: The USF Health Taneja College of Pharmacy moved from #77 to #68.
  • And the USF Health College of Nursing maintained their positions in the top 50 for both its master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.  

U.S. News does not provide new rankings for all graduate programs each year, so the USF Health College of Public Health maintained its top 25 position, ranking #16.

“These improvements provide clear and unequivocal evidence of the sustained and disciplined commitment by all of us at USF Health to our pursuit of excellence in everything we do,” said Charles Lockwood, MD, MHCM, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine.

“Over the past five years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the competitiveness of our students, impressive increases in our research funding, and rising peer assessment scores from the leadership of other leading universities. Now more than ever, it is fitting that we together honor and celebrate this national recognition of our growing programs.”

According to U.S. News, its methodology uses data from expert opinions and statistical indicators when measuring a program’s ranking, examining qualities students and faculty bring to the educational experience and graduates’ achievements linked to their degrees, such as job placement and research impact.  

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